14 Ways John Gibbons Could Signal for an Intentional Walk

To the dismay of some baseball purists, MLB officially announced yesterday that it was doing away with the intentional walk. No longer will we see catchers’ arms outstretched and pitchers lob in four consecutive pitches to walk a batter. That magic is gone.

Under the new rules, the defending manager simply has to signal to the umpire if the defending team wants to intentionally walk a batter. Immediately, my mind went to John Gibbons and the various ways he may intentionally or unintentionally call for a free pass.

With this new rule in place, Gibby can use all kinds of angry, confusing and comical signals to indicate an intentional walk to the umpires. Here are some of the options John Gibbons could opt to use moving forward.


A reminder: if you’re a fan of these John Gibbons reactions, you should probably follow the GibbyGIFS Twitter account to get the full scope of the many faces of John Michael Gibbons.

The Big Gulp




The Maracas


The Buckshot



The Get Off My Damn Lawn


The Pat Venditte


The Gunslinger



The Super Big Gulp


The You Know


The Dump & Chase


The Goggles


The Double Shot


The Hop


The Shut It


Ian Hunter

Ian has been writing about the Toronto Blue Jays since 2007. He enjoyed the tail-end of the Roy Halladay era and vividly remembers the Alex Rodriguez "mine" incident. He'll also retell the story of Game 5 of the 2015 ALDS to his kids for the next 20 years.

2 thoughts on “14 Ways John Gibbons Could Signal for an Intentional Walk

  • March 3, 2017 at 7:19 pm

    Met the man twice, very briefly of course and both times he was very cordial. Both times were in Bradenton. Been a fan since day 1. The man is hilarious and a very good bullpen manager. It’s nice to see he is finally getting his due respect. Your site is hilarious.

    • March 3, 2017 at 9:46 pm

      Thanks! Gibby seems like somebody who’d be cool to sit down and have a beer with. He’s very self-aware and often undersells himself.

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